How to update your sideloaded HBO Max on Amazon Fire TV and Firestick

Since HBO Max is not yet available in the Amazon Appstore, it must be sideloaded. Instructions for how to sideload the app can be found here, but you might be wondering how to update the app once you’ve already installed it. The process for updating is identical to sideloading. Simply open the Downloader app, enter the URL to the newer APK, download it, and install it. The new version will automatically update/replace the old version. You do not need to uninstall the existing version first. A new version 50.2.0.37 of HBO Max was just released and you can get it by entering bit.ly/firehbo into the Downloader app. If you need more detailed instructions, follow this guide.

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How to fix Remote Not Working issues with HBO Max on Amazon Fire TV


Several people are commenting on my guide for installing HBO Max on a Fire TV with issues that their remote is not working in the app. The app installs just fine and launches, but once in the app, they can’t navigate with the remote control. Simply put, the issue is that they/you have installed the phone/tablet version of the app, instead of the TV version of the app. Here’s how to verify the issue and fix it. Read more ›

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How to install and use HBO Max on Amazon Fire TV or Firestick — Avoiding common icon/launch issues

HBO Max is not currently available in the Amazon Appstore for Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition devices. Fortunately, it’s easy to sideload the app and use it as long as you first take a few precautions to avoid common issues with the app. If you simply sideload the app like you would any other APK, you could end up with the wrong icon appearing, the icon not appearing at all, or the app refusing to install altogether. Here’s a step-by-step guide for everything you need to do to have a good HBO Max experience on Fire TV devices. Read more ›

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Several HBO shows leaving Amazon Prime Video on May 21st — UPDATE: Actually, it’s a mistake

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Thanks to Ryan in the comments, it appears Amazon has told The Verge that the HBO shows will not be leaving on May 21st, and that the labeling is a mistake that will soon be corrected.

The streaming media landscape has changed quite a bit since Amazon signed a deal nearly 3 years ago with HBO that added a large amount of HBO original shows to Prime Video. That’s probably why the two companies have chosen not to renew the arrangement, so several HBO original shows will be leaving Prime Video on May 21, the 3 year mark of the agreement. Read more ›

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HBO and Cinemax added as latest new Amazon Channels

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HBO and Cinemax have just arrived as the latest new Amazon Channels. This marks the first time Cinemax content is being made available on the Fire TV. The HBO subscription will run you $14.99 per month, while Cinemax will cost $9.99 per month. Both subscriptions come with a 30-day free trial. The main advantage to subscribing through Amazon Channels, versus subscribing directly and using an app like HBO Now, is having all content natively available within the Fire TV interface and streamed directly by Amazon. Another perk is the incredibly simple 3-step online cancellation process, which makes managing subscriptions on a month-by-month basis easy, as well as having everything on a single bill. Amazon Channels have grown to over 80 different video subscriptions since the feature launched a year ago.

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A dozen new HBO/Cinemax TV show seasons arrive on Amazon Prime Video

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Amazon Prime members are continuing to reap the benefits of a 2 year old deal Amazon struck with HBO which has brought a slew of great content to Prime Video. Today, twelve new seasons of HBO and Cinemax TV shows have become available to Prime members. The new shows that are now available to stream are Angry Boys, Empire Falls, Hunted, Life’s Too Short, Lucky Louie, Mr. Show With Bob and David, Tell Me You Love Me, and Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. New seasons of existing shows are season 2 of Banshee, season 4 of Boardwalk Empire, season 3 of Strike Back, and season 6 of True Blood.

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HBO season premiere episodes available for free through Amazon

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Amazon has made the new season premiere episodes for HBO’s hottest shows available to watch for free. The first episode of season 6 of Game of Thrones, season 5 of Veep, and season 3 of Silicon Valley can be streamed for free on Amazon’s website. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a way to watch these streams through Amazon Video directly on the Fire TV.

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‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Silicon Valley’, and ‘Veep’ return tonight on HBO

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Tonight is HBO’s big night of new season premieres. Game of Thrones will begin their sixth season at 9 p.m., Silicon Valley will follow with their third season premiere at 10 p.m., and Veep will debut its fifth season at 10:30 p.m. to round off the night. Additionally, You can catch all three shows on the Fire TV through either the HBO Go app, if you have a cable subscription, or through the HBO Now app with a stand-alone subscription. Alternatively, you can add HBO to a Sling TV subscription and watch through the Sling TV app.

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‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Silicon Valley’, and ‘Veep’ return on HBO April 24th

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HBO has announced that Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, and Veep will all return with their new season on April 24th. Game of Thrones will begin their sixth season at 9 p.m., Silicon Valley will follow with their third season premiere at 10 p.m., and Veep will debut its fifth season at 10:30 p.m. to round off the night. You can catch all three shows on the Fire TV through either the HBO Go app, if you have a cable subscription, or through the HBO Now app with a stand-alone subscription. Alternatively, you can add HBO to a Sling TV subscription and watch through the Sling TV app. It’s worth noting that HBO’s annual big night of primers tends to coincide with the launch of a new device or service. Last year, HBO unveiled their new HBO Now service and schedualed its launch to sync with their new season premiers. Perhaps we’ll see HBO come to Amazon’s new add-on subscription service, or the release of the Apple’s long rummored internet TV service come April.

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HBO Now released for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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The HBO Now app has just been released for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Last month, Amazon announced the new a-la-cart service from HBO would be coming to Fire TV devices in the “coming weeks” and today they’ve made good on that promise. For $14.99 per month, with no commitment or contract, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners can access HBO’s entire library without the need of a cable subscription. New customers qualify for a 30-day free trial, which you can start right from the app.

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